Town hall chiefs fear a spike in A&E admissions from elderly people slipping on icy pavements

Town hall chiefs fear a spike in A&E admissions from elderly people slipping on untreated icy pavements this winter.

They say £48 million of budget cuts in the past 12 months mean they are unable to grit so many pavements.

Council leaders from 47 local authorities called on Local Government Secretary James Brokenshire to intervene to avert a crisis.

The warning came amid claims that at least one in three adults over 65 was likely to suffer a fall during a year [File photo]

The warning came amid claims that at least one in three adults over 65 was likely to suffer a fall during a year [File photo]

The warning came amid claims that at least one in three adults over 65 was likely to suffer a fall during a year [File photo]

Town hall chiefs fear a spike in A&E admissions from elderly people slipping on untreated icy pavements this winter [File photo]

Town hall chiefs fear a spike in A&E admissions from elderly people slipping on untreated icy pavements this winter [File photo]

Town hall chiefs fear a spike in A&E admissions from elderly people slipping on untreated icy pavements this winter [File photo]

The warning came amid claims that at least one in three adults over 65 was likely to suffer a fall during a year.

Sir Stephen Houghton, Labour leader of Barnsley Council, said: ‘Council leaders are faced with a crisis trying to keep elderly people safe.’

Last night, a spokeswoman for Mr Brokenshire’s department said it would work with any council which had problems relating to severe winter weather. 

But she said ‘councils are responsible for their own funding decisions’, adding that the Government was providing £90.7 billion this year ‘to help them meet the needs of residents’.

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